Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Matera

Soul Kitchen

If you thought Basilicata was somehow lagging behind the rest of Italy in the food stakes, correct your prejudice with pleasure at Soul Kitchen: this cavernous restaurant with sharp colour accents epitomises Matera'…
Osteria in Matera

Osteria al Casale

While al Casale's secondi are uniformly meaty, this charming osteria does offer more vegetarian options than most. Antipasti such as sformatino (a 'mis-shapen' dumpling) of eggplant with tomato and basil and primi s…
Seafood in Maratea

Lanterna Rossa

This terrace restaurant, sitting above the Bar del Porto overlooking the marina, has been knocking out delightful Lucanian seafood for over 20 years. Sit either in the tastefully art-strewn interior or on the terrac…
Italian in Matera

Dedalo

Dedalo's motto 'sensi sommersi' (submerged senses) will either hint at pretension, or indicate the lengths this classy fine diner goes to to wow its clientele. Surrounded by modern art in a softly lit and impeccably…
Modern Italian in Maratea

Il Sacello

The in-house ristorante of the Locanda delle Donne Monache hotel, Il Sacello serves wonderful Lucanian fare and seafood, overlooking the red rooftops of Maratea Borgo. Try the pasta with local sausage, the beef tart…
Italian in Matera

Baccanti

Baccanti is as classy as a cave can be. The design is simple glamour against the low arches of the cavern; the dishes – perhaps ash-baked potato with stracciatella cheese and crumbled taralli (crackers) or ravioli w…
Ristorante in Castelmezzano & Pietrapertosa

Al Becco della Civetta

Don’t miss the authentic Lucano restaurant Al Becco della Civetta in Castelmezzano, which serves excellent regional cuisine based on seasonal local ingredients. It also offers 22 traditionally furnished, simple whit…
Italian in Matera

La Grotta nei Sassi

This welcoming little cave restaurant is a great bet for Materan classics and spanking fresh seafood. Try the tuna tagliata, stuffed mussels or orecchiette with turnip-tops, but leave room for dessert. In good weath…
Gelato in Matera

I Vizi degli Angeli

'The Angels' Vices', an artisinal gelato 'laboratory' on the busy promenade of Via Domenico Ridola, is Matera's best. Alongside classics such as pistachio, you'll find experimental flavours such as grapefruit with p…
Pastries in Matera

Pasticceria Schiuma

This old-school pasticceria, established in 1946, is all gleaming glass, polished tiles and gaudy, delectable cakes. Buy a paper bag of delights to take away, or linger with an espresso and torta al cioccolato (choc…